Pakistani authorities jailed Dr. Shakil Afridi for helping the US locate Osama Bin Laden. (Tribune)
Dr Shakil Afridi, a government surgeon who helped the CIA uncover Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts, was sacked by the health department of Thursday, amid calls for him to face treason charges.
“The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has issued a notification of dismissal of Dr Shakeel Afridi,” provincial health secretary Ashfaq Khan told reporters.
The notification stated that Afridi had been terminated under the Efficiency & Disciplinary (E&D) Rules guideline for being involved in anti-state activities.
Seventeen other health officials, who worked on the same fake vaccination program set up by the CIA in a bid to confirm the al Qaeda chief was living in Abbottabad, have already been sacked from their government posts, he added. Fifteen lady health workers were dismissed last August, and a woman doctor and an assistant coordinator were sacked on March 17.
Afridi, who worked for years as a government surgeon in Khyber Agency, is currently in police custody, while the panel investigating the Bin Laden raid has recommended that Afridi be put on trial for treason.